Bing offers improved warnings for possible malware and phishing sites

Microsoft has added new features for users of its Bing search engine, warning them if sites in their search results could be possible malware or phishing locations.

In a blog post, Microsoft stated:

The trick to fishing is making the fly float through the air as if it were alive. Done right and the hungry trout eyeballing the fly is convinced to take the bait. It is not a coincidence that criminal activity shares a similar name: phishing. The bait are fake websites designed to look and feel like the legitimate ones. These sites catch people by taking advantage of a user's trust in entering information such as passwords, usernames, and credit cards.Bing has refined the generic warning to specifically call out this threat. When users click a URL suspected of phishing, a warning will appear. This looks similar to the generic warning except it now warns that the site might steal personal information

In terms of sites that might link to malware, Microsoft says:

Sites might not always be malicious; however, they might link to malicious binaries. While safe to load into the browser, there is a hidden bomb waiting to be clicked. In contrast, some hacked pages cause infections just by visiting them. The generic warning is now refined to specifically call out pages (likely) safe to visit as long as links are not clicked.

In addition, webmasters can now go to the Bing dashboard to find the binaries and links on their sites that are causing the malware warning to be posted so they can remove them.

John Callaham
  • That's cool!
  • I'm loving Cortana in Bing
  • Does it do it for windows update? Aww yeah, you got bing'd! *High fives everyone*
  • That's a cool feature. Got to say, MSFT has had a very busy and productive 2016 thus far. Cheers.
  • Bing is best for porn searches. I use Google for everything else.
  • I am thinking to buy a new Lumia. Which one should I buy lumia640xl or the lumia650?
  • Lumia 640 XL is better. I use it, and it is better. Lateef1972
  • How is it working on windows 10?
  • Pretty good although i would suggest to stay on stable builds and get a good sd card with mid to high rw speed.
  • I just saw a updated UI of bing search in Microsoft edge mobile...whenever i search anything, results have a new UI and a hamburger to show my account details and much more